Turner Will Get At Least One More Start

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Jacob Turner at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 1, 2011 in Lakeland, Florida. (Getty Images)

Jacob Turner at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 1, 2011 in Lakeland, Florida. (Getty Images)

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RHP Jacob Turner, bludgeoned for three home runs while allowing seven runs in two innings Tuesday, will make a second start for injured LHP Drew Smyly. “Jacob Turner is pitching Sunday,” manager Jim Leyland said when asked. “Period.” Turner has made two starts for Detroit this season and now has an ERA of 10.29. “This kid, I think, is a future toward-the-top or top-of-the-rotation guy who is not seasoned enough right now to pitch at this level with consistency,” Leyland said after Turner’s Tuesday start. “That does not mean he will not start Sunday. “He might start Sunday and pitch a two-hit shutout. I don’t know, but he’s not ready for this, in my opinion.”

–RHP Doug Fister now has wins in his last three starts after limiting the Angels to two hits and a run over eight innings Wednesday. “I was going to let him go out for the ninth,” manager Jim Leyland said, “but he stiffened up where he got hit (making the last out of the seventh). He pitched terrific. He was moving the ball in and out, changed some speeds.” Fister had a season-best 10 strikeouts, and he now has 18 over his last two starts, 10 of them looking, which indicates good ball movement. “That’s the key to any of my success,” Fister said, “keeping the ball down and moving it in and out.” The only run he allowed was a first-inning home run by 1B Albert Pujols.

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